Developer: Big Stone Phone
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 2.0

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

img_0061This could be a good contender for a top spot Twitter client. However, even with all the amazing features, there are still some factors that will stop me using it exclusively.

This is another Twitter client. Designed to give you as many features as possible, including features you didn’t even know you needed.

Why this is a good application is because it is feature heavy. So much so that I would have to write a small book just to cover all the features and additional things it does. I am a heavy twitter user, and currently have a favourite application to access my twitter accounts (2) and this application may actually take their place on the bottom bar on my phone.

Here’s why. It seems to have the feature set of two of the top applications, all into one application. I will touch briefly on some of the features, but it really is too numerous to go through them all. Firstly I like that it has a little notification sound.

My favourite thing is the ability to copy and paste. You can copy a link, or a tweet and paste it in a new tweet. I have not come across any other iPhone app for twitter that does this. There is also, unusually a ‘help’ button, that sends out your location and an emergency message. Images that are tweeted are shown in the main timeline too which save me clicking them, I can just see them right away.

img_0058There are pages and pages of icons to use in your tweets as well, but most people viewing your tweets still won’t be able to see them. You can choose 3 different colour schemes, choice between several different image uploading sites and also choose which URL shortener you prefer.

I love that it also has the red notification icons, that really is a must have feature. You can also select if you want a confirmation message before sending a DM, which I actually liked (this can be disabled though).

Some things that I don’t like about this application is that the ‘conversation style’ of the DMs are just one sided, so you see all the DMs sent to you and then click a different screen to see what you sent. I much prefer the other style where you see both, as an actual conversation. This was why I still needed my other twitter programs.

The colour themes for the interface are all pretty ugly, that is another issue with this application. When you spend a lot of time on an application, you want it to look nice.

Also, I made a subgroup – and I was really looking forward to this because it seems no other phone based application does this, but every time I went off the application and went back to it, my list was gone. Also I couldn’t see a way to edit a list once it was made. I couldn’t add to it or remove people. I could arrange my groups in order, but that doesn’t really matter.

Also I did find it a little slow to initially load. Once it is opened and in use it runs fine, but that initial start time is long.

Lastly, I didn’t like having to click in such a precise location to tweet someone. Yes, you get used of it, but I like to just tap my screen over the tweet and it launches my tweet options. With this program you have to click exactly the name and a little highlighted circle appears.

Overall, this application really pulls out all the stops to bring you all you could wish for. For all the features this application offers, and looking at the continual improvements they seem to make I think it is worth spending your money on. I would really like them to make the interface much better to look at, and alter the actual elements of functionality. You will re use this application all day long, and even if you still keep your favourite Twitter client on your phone, you will use this one for all the additional features.

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